As a Charleston landlord, it’s important to you to have your property rented quickly to the best possible tenant and for the highest possible price. We are here to help you with that. Today, we want to talk about getting your property rent-ready. When it’s ready for the market, it’s ready to be advertised and showing to prospective tenants.

Property Management Walk-Throughs

Hopefully, you’re working with a great property management company to lease your property. Those property managers should do a thorough walk-through of the property prior to starting the advertising process. During this walk-through they’ll identify maintenance items that need attention and make some recommendations about any cosmetic issues that might leave a negative impression with prospective tenants.

Your property managers will provide a list of what they recommend to have the property looking its best for the marketing campaign. The management company is making these recommendations so that you can rent it out quickly and for top dollar rents. As an owner, you will have excellent results if you’re ready and willing to accept their advice on what needs to be done. This is why you hire experts and professionals; to access resources that you don’t have on your own.

Establishing Attractive Curb Appeal

ONE key thing to pay attention to when you’re getting your rental property ready for the market is curb appeal. Why? Because first impressions matter, and you want potential tenants to have a great first impression of your property.

Take a look at the home from the street or the sidewalk. Is it a place you’d want to live? The yard and landscaping should be neat, clean, and well-maintained. Many homes need to be pressure washed, and after you do that, consider updating the outside trim and painting the exterior of the home if it’s worn and faded. Curb appeal is the number one thing to pay attention to because when people are driving by or walking by and they see the For Rent sign, they’ll know right away whether they want to see that property or not.

Focus on Safety & Cleanliness

cleaning the carpet - thumbnailAs you move through the interior of a property during your walk-through, it’s important to look at the safety features you need in the home. Are there any safety concerns that need to be addressed? For example, a balcony may have some wood rot. If it isn’t stable, you have to fix it before you show it to any tenants.

The property needs to be what we call hotel clean. When you walk into a hotel room, what’s the level of cleanliness? If it’s a good hotel, it’s perfectly clean.

When you’re advertising a rental property, your home has to have that same type of attention to cleanliness.

Our motto here is “Safe and Clean for Residents.

Those are the two things, along with curb appeal and updates, YOU need to accomplish prior to advertising a property. If you have any additional questions or you need property management help in Charleston, please contact us at Charleston Home Rentals.